A 27-year-old student of the Federal University Otuoke (FUO), Bayelsa State, Arikekpar Lucky has reportedly committed suicide.
The young man, who was a 200 level student of the Department of History and Diplomacy took his life to escape being ridiculed by family members over academic failures.
The deceased, who died on Monday, March 22, hails from Otuakeme in Ogbia Local Government Area and was also a one-time aspirant of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Student Representative, Central Zone, reports the Guardian.
It was gathered that the 27-year-old student locked the door and windows of the room before hanging himself with a rope tied to a ceiling fan.
Sources in the university community, who pleaded anonymity, told the Guardian that it was not the first time the deceased had attempted to take his life, adding that he had made such attempts twice last year.
Lucky was said to have taken his life because his familggy members were taunting him that he was a failure in life.
According to the Guardian, “His family always complains that he spends too much effort, time and money on Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) politics rather than facing his studies”.
Nigerdeltaconnect gathered that Lucky left a suicide note which stated his frustrations with the pressure he was getting from his relatives, adding that he had to take his own life for peace to reign.
Confirming the incident, spokesman of the Student Union Government (SUG), Kojo Debekeme said Lucky died from depression, as he could no longer cope with pressures arising from some family issues.
Spokesperson of the university, Mercy Ekott, who also confirmed the incident, told the Guardian that the body of the student has been taken away by the family.
Bayelsa State Police Command spokesman, Asinim Butswat, when contacted, confirmed the incident.
He however, promised to get across to the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Kolo Police Station, in the area because no official report has been made of the matter at the Command.
A family source said the family had accepted the situation in good faith and are moving on.
According to him “the young man has been buried according to the tradition of the Ogbia people when such tragic incidents occur”.